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Ms. Schwartz, I ate cornflakes outta my bowl

Thursday, December 17, 2009

We've been working in ceramics in my classes - Thug Boy #2 came in yesterday and told me he ate his cornflakes from the ultramarine blue bowl he made. I haven't seen this kid happy or excited about anything, unless he's bothering or threatening someone else. He's 15 yrs old, repeating 7th grade, and has a police record.

But he made a nice bowl and cup, they glazed nicely, and he was happy to eat from his bowl. Maybe there's hope for him. All I can do is keep trying.

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JLPNURSE 12/18/2009 6:48AM

    That's sweet and sad at the same time.

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MARLENE160 12/17/2009 10:25PM

    Of course there's hope for him. You really touched that young man, I'm sure you already know this.
We can always tell when we're doing a good job with the kids. It shows every time they run up to us with excitement over their accomplishment. Keep doing what you're doing. You are certainly making a difference.

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LOPEYP 12/17/2009 8:11PM

    Hopefully the good days will outweigh the bad ones.

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PHEBESS 12/17/2009 7:50PM

    I'm trying to - he was unusually obnoxious and rude this afternoon - I guess to make up for being nice yesterday. Sigh.

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SECRETFUN 12/17/2009 7:24PM

  Hold onto that moment.

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KAMINLENA 12/17/2009 2:57PM

    _THIS!!_ is what art is all about... _THIS!!_ is why we _HAVE_ to keep it in the schools!

YES!! It's a small victory, but maybe it will make a big difference!!

(Chalk one up for the good guys!)

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KNITTERGAL73 12/17/2009 10:46AM

    Sometimes all it takes is for a child to gain a little confidence in his/her abilities to make them want to do better. I hope you can help him find a better path in life. Thanks for taking the time with him. I'm sure he appreciates it.

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